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“Did I Do That?” is a podcast about graphic designers—the ups and down they face in creative practice, because making design means making lots (and lots) mistakes. Every other Thursday, host Sean Schumacher (Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University) is joined by a guest from the world of design with a special story about their own mistakes starting out and how they ended up where they did. It’s very weird, pretty silly, and definitely not serious—but neither are designers.
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Did I Do That?: Making Graphic Design & Mistakes Sean Schumacher

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“Did I Do That?” is a podcast about graphic designers—the ups and down they face in creative practice, because making design means making lots (and lots) mistakes. Every other Thursday, host Sean Schumacher (Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University) is joined by a guest from the world of design with a special story about their own mistakes starting out and how they ended up where they did. It’s very weird, pretty silly, and definitely not serious—but neither are designers.
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    Now You See Me Too As Well (”Fontroversy” Crossover with Lena Hall)

    Now You See Me Too As Well (”Fontroversy” Crossover with Lena Hall)

    Lena Hall of Fontroversy is on Did I Do That?! Or Sean Schumacher is on Fontroversy!? We’re all mixed up because it’s a Did I Do That?-Fontroversy acoustic universe crossover spectacular to kick off one of those shows’ fourth season!
    The two hosts sit down to talk about the process behind getting Fontroversy off the ground, as well as Lena’s Fallout Boy audition outfit, the meltiest car, and the Wizarding World of Woody Harrelson.
    You can find more about Lena ’s work on their Instagram, @ps.its.lena. They are indeed graduating soon and you should absolutely hire them! You can view Lena's font horoscopes for the both of us here!
    This episode was recorded Saturday, February 3, 2024 in the Rat’s Nest.
    Special thanks to the entire team that made Fontroversy possible: Lea Thompson, Lena Hall, Malia Masterson, Whitney McPhie, Ashley Heeke, Sophia Stoker, Anna Stanton, Hannah Joseph, Sophia Mick, Mette Voldengen, Milos Dugas, Freya Kargard, Robert Ditty, Izzy Gavaza, Dana Ives, Kaitlyn Casey, Aline Chercover, and Orion Cortez.
    Closing Music/The Fontroversy Theme: “How Can Things Be” by Holizna


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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Feed Drop: Two Designers Walk Into a Bar

    Feed Drop: Two Designers Walk Into a Bar

    To close out our season break, I wanted to share one last feed drop! The creators of Two Designers Walk Into A Bar reached out a few weeks back to connect as fellow creators of media about design that doesn't take design too seriously. They make a really fun show, and this episode comes from the end of their third season covering a subject my students have heard me talk about many times: one of the most financially catastrophic packaging redesigns in history. It's a really wonderful show—give it a listen and then give them a follow! You can find them on whatever podcasting platform you like, as well as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, X, and LinkedIn!
    Two Designers Walk Into a Bar, Episode 50: The Pepsi (Logo) ChallengePepsi announced it’s moving forward by moving backwards (sort of), returning to more of a traditional look for their logo and cans. (Think black. It's a slimming color.) But as they kick their last logo to the curb, we go back in time to discuss how they became saddled with this burdensome brand look in the first place. We talk ovals, smiles, globes, magnetic fields and cosmic forces of the universe in this special breathtaking and scientifically-tangential episode.
    Images, articles and links mentioned in this episode can be found on their episode page: https://www.twodesignerswalkintoabar.com/episodes/episode-50-pepsi-logo-story
    This episode was originally published June 7, 2023.
    General Podcast Info:Two Designers Walk Into a Bar is a podcast about iconic design and popular culture.
    Hosted by graphic designers and collectors Todd Coats and Elliot Strunk, the podcast is constantly looking at pop culture and thinking about how it influences us and what we do for a living. Starting with a theme, we choose iconic work that we find meaningful and use humor and insight to break it down, turn it inside out and try to understand why it has stood the test of time.
    Two Designers Walk Into a Bar encourages listeners to dive into their libraries, mini storage units or memories with us.
    Discover more at their website: https://www.twodesignerswalkintoabar.com

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    • 29 min
    Fontroversy #4: "Helvetica: A U-Turn On a One-Way Street?"

    Fontroversy #4: "Helvetica: A U-Turn On a One-Way Street?"

    Need to thaw yourself out from this winter freeze? Why not let a reheated episode of Fontroversy—our last of the season break—from last summer warm you back up!
    When Lena and Sean start fuming about the most famous (and infamous) font there is, guest expert Freya Kargard steps in to modernize their thinking about Helvetica. This might well mark our limited series' finale, but stay tuned as we might have one or two surprises in store as well!
    Segment Producer: Freya Kargard
    Researcher: Robert Ditty
    Story Editor: Izzy Gavaza
    Sound Editing and Mix/Mastering: Orion Cortez
    This episode was recorded Tuesday, May 30, 2023 and originally published on Thursday, August 31, 2023.

    PRODUCTION CREDITSFontroversy was created by the students of DES 399 Public Design Communication in the Spring of 2019 as part of Portland State University’s Graphic Design program in Portland, Oregon. You can learn more about PSUGD at psu.gd. You can learn more about the PSU School of Art+Design at pdx.edu/art-design.
    Host: Lena Hall
    Show Art: Robert Ditty
    Social Media Coordinator: Ashley Heeke
    Producer: Sean Schumacher
    Editorial Assistance by: Orion Cortez
    Music: “How Can Things Be” by Holizna
    For more about Fontroversy, visit fontroversy.com or follow @fontroversy.psugd on Instagram.


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    • 37 min
    Fontroversy #3: "Impact: Facebook Mom Vibes?"

    Fontroversy #3: "Impact: Facebook Mom Vibes?"

    When frustration around the meme-iest of meme fonts starts to go viral around the studio, guest expert Sophia Mick bursts in to help set Lena and Sean straight on Impact’s… impact.
    Segment Producer: Sophia Mick
    Researcher: Mette Voldengen
    Story Editor: Milos Dugas
    "Candy Paper Wrap Crinkling" Sound Effect by Emile99, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License.
    This episode was recorded Tuesday, June 6, 2023 and originally published on Thursday, August 17, 2023.
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    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Fontroversy was created by the students of DES 399 Public Design Communication in the Spring of 2019 as part of Portland State University’s Graphic Design program in Portland, Oregon. You can learn more about PSUGD at psu.gd. You can learn more about the PSU School of Art+Design at pdx.edu/art-design.
    Host: Lena Hall
    Show Art: Robert Ditty
    Social Media Coordinator: Ashley Heeke
    Producer: Sean Schumacher
    Editorial Assistance by: Orion Cortez
    Music: “How Can Things Be” by Holizna
    For more about Fontroversy, visit fontroversy.com or follow @fontroversy.psugd on Instagram.

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    • 38 min
    Fontroversy #2: "Comic Sans: From Their Hate Came Love (And Money)"

    Fontroversy #2: "Comic Sans: From Their Hate Came Love (And Money)"

    Graphic design may be our passion, but everybody needs a break too! While Did I Do That? is off for a few weeks between seasons, enjoy a few episodes of our sister podcast Fontroversy, produced by one of Sean's classes in Spring 2023. If you missed episode 1, no worries—unlike the glut of superhero cinematic universe movies out there, there's nothing there you need to know to enjoy to this one! If you want to revisit it, though, you can find it here!
    When a typeface ripped from the funny pages starts to get contentious, surprise guest expert Whitney McPhie (currently serving as Interim Creative Director at Willamette Week) intervenes to school Lena and Sean on what Comic Sans can really do.
    IMPORTANT EDITORIAL CORRECTION: Gentle Giants Dog Food does NOT, in fact, use Comic Sans on its packaging—it instead uses a DaFont-style Disney-inspired sans paired with, of all things, Bank Gothic Sean apologies for this truly shameful oversight, although in their defense, attempting to look at any one specific type block on the package without being immediately distracted is basically impossible.
    Segment Producer: Whitney McPhie
    Researchers: Ashley Heeke, Sophia Stoker
    Story Editors: Anna Stanton, Hannah Joseph
    Sound Editing & Mix: Orion Cortez
    This episode was recorded Tuesday, May 30, 2023, and originally published Thursday, August 3, 2023.
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    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Fontroversy was created by the students of DES 399 Public Design Communication in the Spring of 2019 as part of Portland State University’s Graphic Design program in Portland, Oregon. You can learn more about PSUGD at psu.gd. You can learn more about the PSU School of Art+Design at pdx.edu/art-design.
    Host: Lena Hall
    Show Logo: Robert Ditty
    Social Media Coordinator: Ashley Heeke
    Producer: Sean Schumacher
    Editorial Assistance by: Orion Cortez
    Music: “How Can Things Be” by Holizna
    For more about Fontroversy, visit fontroversy.com or follow @fontroversy.psugd on Instagram.

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    • 30 min
    Making Mistakes Confessional

    Making Mistakes Confessional

    As both Season 3 and 2023 draw to a close, the time to seek forgiveness is at hand! Earlier this year, Did I Do That? set up a confessional booth—with Sean playing the role as part priest, part Frasier Crane—to collect true stories of design disasters, missteps, failures, and more from anonymous guests who sought to clear their guilty consciences.
    How can you find peace when faced with cross crossworders, ghost(ed) cookbooks, and duck pornography? There’s only one way to find out!
    (To be clear: the way is listening; you must listen to find out.)
    WANT A DESIGN CONFESSIONAL AT YOUR EVENT?
    If you have a live event and want me to set up another design confessional for it, either in Portland or beyond, let’s talk! I’d love to do more events like this in the future.
    SPECIAL THANKS
    The clips used in this episode were collected as part of “Future Fonts and Friends,” a party held for TypeCon 2023 at Outlet in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, August 17, 2023. All guests were indeed anonymous, and so if you hear any familiar voices, I guess just ignore that? Come to think of it, what do real priests do about that problem?!
    Huge thanks to past guest Lizy Gershenzhon and Travis Kochel of Future Fonts for inviting me to be a part of the event, to the organizers of TypeCon for putting up with me, and to my 2023 MVP Orion Cortez for building the confessional booths based solely on two terrible sketches I made.
    Additional thanks to past guest Kate Bingaman-Burt of Outlet for her eternal support of / patience with me just in general, but especially the white-hot ball of stress that is me when faced with a live event. Thanks, too, to the kind folks at Jolby—who didn’t even have anything to do with the party and had no reason to help me!—for letting me steal power from them for a couple of hours just because I happened to set up next to their studio.
    YOU’VE MADE IT THIS FAR…
    I want to all of you listeners out there for keeping this show going and growing. This marks the end of both our third season and second year, and I don’t think I ever would have imagined there would be as many folks out there following it as there are around the world. If you’ve enjoyed the first two years of this show, please tell a friend! I want to keep this project growing, and the community around it growing as well.
    If you have some nice things to say about what this project means to you, please send me an email! If you have mean things to say about me, please relay them to your dentist while they have their hands in your mouth—they’ll understand and relay them directly back to me, I’m sure.I don’t ordinarily plug the tip jar, but if you have some change between your couch cushions you want to throw my way, I would really appreciate it.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

kristinb ,

Sean is the Cat’s Meow!

I had Sean for a teacher at PSU, and in this podcast his amazing personality, sense of humor, and design insights shine! I just found the podcast…ugh I’m a bit late! Hahaha. How did I miss this for so long?!? The first episode I listened to was the one with Jason Sturgill. OMG, I can just imagine the scene out in podunk Pullman in the snow, and wow! I had forgotten all about those flying toasters! Good times. Heh. I look forward to listening to more. 10 million stars!

Dreamonaut ,

Fun times, great vibes

Yes, there a many design podcasts but this one stands out. You can hear that his guests enjoy the conversation with Sean. His humour is captivating. Awesome to listen to!

piper_007 ,

Listening feels like hanging out with friends

This podcast may be about graphic design and the mistakes you make along the way to becoming a graphic designer, but the topics covered in those hilarious tangents make me laugh (and smile) so hard. Listening feels like hanging out with friends, and makes me want to go through my portfolios of the past. Hearing the guests is like meeting new friends and their stories and work make me want to dive into new projects. Solid podcast, casual listen.

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